Sugihara House

Sugihara House information

Kaunas , Lithuania
Address
Street Vaižganto gatvė 30
More information
www.sugiharahouse.lt
Prices
adult/child 10/5Lt
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm Sat & Sun May-Oct
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Lonely Planet review

Kaunas-based Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara (1900-86) saved 12,000 Jewish lives between 1939 and 1940, issuing transit visas to stranded Polish Jews who faced being forced into Soviet citizenship. When the Soviets annexed Lithuania and ordered all consulates be shut he asked for a short extension. Dubbed 'Japan's Schindler', he disobeyed orders for 29 days by signing 300 visas per day, and handed the stamp to a Jewish refugee when he left. Sugihara House tells his life story.